Dear State FFA Leaders,
As we begin a new decade, I have important news to share on the future of FFA New Horizons magazine.
Sixty-seven years have passed since the first issue of The National Future Farmer, the official member magazine of the organization, launched in October 1952. There have been many changes during that time—a new name, new publishers, and, recently, a stronger digital presence on FFA.org. Regardless of the changes over the years, the magazine continues to play a vital role in the lives of FFA members with informative articles on everything from agriculture and careers to chapter and member highlights.
In the past 20 years alone, a lot has changed in how people, especially young people, consume news and information. Most of our members carry a telephone/camera/computer/library in their pocket, and for most, that device is their connection to the world around them.
Recognizing this, in 2017, the National FFA Delegates pushed us to create more online content. Since then, we’ve been doing just that—putting more resources into FFA.org and publishing more stories and videos online. In fact, we’ve never published more FFA-centered content than we are right now.
To connect with members where they live, beginning with the fall 2020 issue, FFA members, chapters and alumni will receive the print magazine in the mail twice a year: one issue at the beginning of each school year and again at the beginning of the new year prior to National FFA Week. These two issues will have more pages than our current issues, which means more FFA stories and information. Plus, we will invest even more into developing additional online content for our readers.
We’re still working on the details but be on the lookout for more information as we move forward. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Julie Woodard, firstname.lastname@example.org
, with our marketing and communications team.